The men’s squash team finished the regular season 12-7 the weekend after placing second in the NESCAC Championships for the first time in program history. The No. 17 Bobcats topped No. 23 Hobart 6-3 for a Valentine’s Day victory despite playing without their usual second singles player, junior Ahmed Hatata. Wins came in from Ahmed Abdel Khalek ‘16 (first seed), Darrius Campbell ‘17 (second), Caran Arora ‘16 (third), Coley Cannon ‘19 (fifth), Spencer Burt ‘17 (eighth), and Stefan Joseph ‘17 (ninth). The Bobcats have won seven of their last eight matches.
Senior Captain Caran Arora commented, “It was a long, cold trip down to Hobart. We knew it was going to be a tough game and we needed the win to help our chances of making the B flight. It wasn’t the best of performances but the team rallied together and got the job done. Champions find a way to win on their off days, and we managed that today.”
The team will compete at the College Squash Association’s Team Championships in New Haven, Connecticut after break. Arora said that he was, “looking forward to see what Monday’s rankings have in store. Hopefully we have done enough to make the top 16 teams in the nation.” Unfortunately for Bates, they narrowly missed out on competing in the B flight, as they ended the regular season 17th in the team standings with 1145.239 ranking points, while Brown finished in 16th with 1145.714 points.
The women’s team took down William Smith 7-2, just a week after placing fifth in the NESCAC Championships with a big win over Bowdoin. Senior Captain Lauren Williams was impressed with how the team played, commenting, “Our girls played really well and I am proud of how well we controlled the games. Were really out to prove that our ranking doesn’t correlate to our strength and I think we showed that today. We’re looking forward to finishing strong at the National Championships next weekend.”
The Lady Bobcats are ranked 19th in the nation, but are ready to demonstrate that they can compete at a higher level than their ranking shows at the CSA Team Championships.